It’s no secret that babies and children love music. A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Many babies learn to sing or coo long before they can talk and if you’ve ever seen a baby moved to dance and boogie then you know the power of the rhythm on a wee brain. As children grow, their love of music and lyrics can help them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Their enthusiasm for dancing builds motor skills and coordination while they relish in self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. There is no doubt that music a brain power booster!
As we think about heading back to school (I know, I know, it’s only August) it’s time to think about the extra-curricular activities we will be signing the kids up for this fall too. This year, our house has been all about movies and soundtracks and the kids have been obsessed with the sounds of Queen, Elton John, and the Beatles. The kids have been listening to these since they were still in my belly but their renewed vigor is no doubt fueled by the big screen and then they run home to the piano and try to learn the songs they’re listening to and their piano teacher delights in their attempts to play Bohemian Rhapsody or I’m Still Standing. It’s pretty cool.
5 ways music lessons benefit your kids
We enrolled our kids in music lessons for two years now. And their love for music is rich and real–and they have no idea how much it’s helping them in other areas of learning too.
Our friends at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts offer musical programming for all ages (even babies, yay!) and giving your child the joy of music means a lifetime of song and creativity. Learn more about the MCMA’s youth programming here. Fall session registration is OPEN NOW so let’s explore how music lessons can improve your child’s overall love of learning and boost their performance in other areas of life.
- Boosts their confidence
Setting musical goals and achieving them proves to kids that they can do anything they set their mind to.
The first few lessons are difficult. The notes don’t sound quite right, the timing is off, and their fingers just won’t do the motions of playing with ease. But the third lesson comes around, and they start to hear the song they’re trying to play.
They practice at home between lessons, and next thing you know, they’re performing to the family in the living room, and the applause puts a huge smile on their face.
- Improves academic performance
In a lot of ways, music is closely related to math. When learning beat, rhythm, and patterns in music lessons, study after study shows that kids are more likely to pick up on the patterns in math like addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, and more. Those studies also show that children who study music consistently have better marks in school.
Learning music also improves memory and understanding, which is directly applicable to academic success.
- Fosters social skills
Whether they’re taking group lessons or individual instruction, kids get to interact with new people – building relationships and fostering their social skills.
During those interactions, kids need to communicate with their peers or their instructor. This also teaches them how to give and receive feedback, which is essential to interacting with any group.
- Refines discipline and patience
Learning an instrument isn’t easy, and it requires a lot of those two things – discipline and patience. It takes kids through hours, months, even years of practice before they reach their musical goals, which teaches them about delayed gratification.
Sometimes you don’t get what you want right away. You have to work for it, and music lessons is a great way to teach them that. And oh boy, when they finally nail that piece they’ve been working on all year at the recital, the look of pride on their face is totally priceless.
- Supports muscle development and motor skills
A major part of learning an instrument is learning how to hold it, how to position your body, and how to move your fingers in a way that makes the best sound. Through practice, kids develop muscle memory and are able to play faster and faster and with more intricacy.
With that, they develop a coordination that translates to sports, handwriting, art, and so much more.
ABOUT THE MANITOBA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC & ARTS:
The Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts is a community music school that nurtures the musical spirit of people of all ages through individual instruction for all ages, early childhood programs, youth programs, adult programs, and more.
Schedule your free consultation with one of their highly-qualified instructors to see which variation of music lessons is right for your child or even you!